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Guide to the Civil War Photograph File
1861-1865, [1880-1889]
  PR 164

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Collection processed by Sandra Markham

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 23, 2015
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

The Civil War Photograph File spans the full period of the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. It contains photographs in various formats and generations relating to the conflict and the men and women involved. Though all of the prints may not have been made during the war period, they are from period negatives made either in the field or photographer's studio; therefore, there are no memorial scenes or soldier reunions included in the collection.

In many cases there may be variant "states" of a single image found in different series. For example, the collection holds four copies of Alexander Gardner's portrait of the Fairfax Court House. There is one print in the "Incidents of the War" series, one copy in the plates from Gardner's Sketchbook, and two as albumen prints received as unmounted prints (one from Parish's 1906 gift) and mounted on card stock by the N-YHS bindery (filed in Series I.)


The collection is divided into nine series:

  1. Series I. War Scenes and Sites
  2. Series II. Portraits
  3. Series III. Havemeyer Collection
  4. Series IV. "Incidents of the War"
  5. Series V. "Brady's Album Gallery"
  6. Series VI. Plates from Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War
  7. Series VII. Naval Scenes and Sites
  8. Series VIII. Relief Organizations
  9. Series IX. Later Platinum Prints